South African vegan food company making waves in valuable global markets

With the demand for meat-alternatives greater than ever, The Fry Family Food Co., a Durban based, South African business is showing impressive global growth with their range of chilled plant-based products.


Fry’s new product for the Australian market

The Fry Family Food Co., has been making meat-free products for almost three decades, and has sold more than 30-million units worldwide. While it has enjoyed success in various Australian and European markets, the enormous growth in global demand for meat-free alternatives has seen the company’s international market demand increase dramatically.

As a result of the increased demand the company is increasing distribution of their portfolio to more than 8,000 supermarkets, specialty and chain stores in 30 countries, putting them well on track to achieving their mission of inspiring people to follow a more plant-based lifestyle. This increase in distribution includes the new relationship with Sainsbury’s in the UK, Costco in Australia and the opening of the US as a new market for the brand.

‘Reflecting rapid demand growth in the United States and sustained interest from international markets, we’ve taken steps to significantly increase our production capacity,’ says Fry’s Exports Director Shaun Richardson. ‘These additions make it possible for us to support international launches, building on our recent introduction of our products to Sainsbury’s and Costco.’

The brand’s products rolled out in over 500 Sainsbury’s stores from 11 October.  Eight chilled products were launched initially, with a further selection of frozen products making their way to the shelves in November.

In August this year, Costco in Australia started selling the Fry’s Traditional Burger as their first ever plant-based meat product. Costco is a multinational membership-based wholesale chain. To meet the wholesale demand, Fry’s specially packaged a 1,5kg, 15-pack of its Traditional Burger product which is being sold at $14.59 (Australian Dollars) – making its price point on par with similar meat-based beef products.

The US market offering, which is still in planning stages and is scheduled for early 2019, will initially include seven of the brands staples including the Tempura Battered Prawn-Style Pieces, Sausage Rolls, Traditional Burgers, Chickpea and Quinoa Falafels and Gluten-Free Rice Protein and Chia Nuggets.

Established in 1991, The Fry Family Food Co. remains a family-run business which only produces 100 per cent vegan, non-GM products. From its humble beginnings Fry’s is rapidly innovating and growing as the shift towards plant-based eating continues.

Tammy Fry, international marketing director at The Fry Family Food Co. says: ‘These are exciting times – the popularity of veganism seems to be unstoppable, and demand for delicious new alternatives is greater than ever. We want people all over the world to experience what we offer in terms of new culinary options and twists on hearty comfort foods – vegans and non-vegans alike have always found our food delicious.’


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